Badge of Shame

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By Joy Kam and edited by Pastor David Lai 

A brief history of Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery is one of the “three great” Gelug monastic universities of Tibet, located north of Lhasa. The other two are Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery. The Sera complex is divided into two sectors by pathways; the eastern part contains the Great Assembly Hall and the dwellings of monks, and the western part has the well-known three colleges: Sera Jey Dratsang, Sera Me Dratsang; and Ngakpa Dratsang.

Sera Jey Monastery today in Bylakuppe in Southern India

Sera Jey Monastery is located in the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe in Southern India

Sera Jey monastery was originally established by Jetsun Kunkhen Lodroe Rinchen Senge, who was one of the main disciples of Lama Tsongkhapa (1357 – 1419) in the early 15th century. After going to exile, Sera Jey Monastery was re-established in 1970 at the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe in Southern India. Today, there are more than 3500 monks living within this monastery. This great monastery is also famous for having created greatly renowned teachers like Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Geshe Rabten, Geshe Lhundub Sopa, Geshe Ngawang Dhargye and also Lama Yeshe.

A brief history of the ban

In 1996, after many lifetimes of worshipping Dorje Shugden, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama began to impose a prohibition on this 400 year old practice, without giving proper logical or scriptural reasons. Ever since then, for over 19 years, thousands of exiled Tibetans; monks, nuns and lay practitioners who practices Dorje Shugden have been ostracised, discriminated and segregated.

The Tibetan Leadership systematically implemented and encouraged the ban on Dorje Shugden by putting up signs, disseminating memos and notices to enforce the prohibition of this practice and those who continue practicing this deity were shun and rejected within their own exiled community. This act is a huge breach on Shugden worshippers’ human rights to religious freedom, as well as a breach on the practitioners’ spiritual bond (samaya) with their teacher as they are forced to abandon a sacred practice given to them by their teacher. This becomes a violation of their spiritual vows and commitments.

 

 Dalai Lama bans Dorje Shugden practice and expels monks

 

A New Ruling At Sera Jey

In recent times, His Holiness the Dalai Lama says there is no ban and that it was all just spiritual “advice” and that the monasteries have gathered together and decided on the ban. It is said that people had their freedom of choice to choose to practice or give up on the practice on Dorje Shugden even though there are so many concrete evidence of an imposed ban.

On the 25th January 2016, Sera Jey Monastic officials have issued a letter to impose a new ruling that all ‘bona fide member monks of Sera Jey wear a badge that specifically indicates whether they practice Dogyal or not. If that is the case and everything Shugden practitioners are saying about the ban is untrue, then WHY does an established monastery like Sera Jey implement an identity badge system “distinguish” the identities of their monks from Dogyal propitiating monks?

Hence, this is obviously not just “advice” against Shugden but outright discrimination and this new ruling is a proof of this. If it was really just advice, then why does an advice need to be imposed in the monasteries? There is a difference between advice and instructions, this is obviously an instruction to be enforced, and it is very clear evidence that there is discrimination and a real ban on Dorje Shugden practitioners. If this is not considered a ban or discrimination on Shugden practitioners then what is?

The above are many clear evidence of the discrimination on Dorje Shugden practitioners. As if this is not enough, we now have Sera Jey’s identity badge of hatred.

 

Questions to ponder…

Let’s just ponder these questions. If someone tells you that you have the freedom to practice any religion you want but you need to wear a badge meant to show that you are a practitioner of religion x, how would that make you feel? A normal person made to do that would immediately feel that the badge is meant to ostracize those who aren’t a practitioner of religion x. Why does anybody need to wear a badge meant to distinguish monks from Dorje Shugden practitioners? This is the same question a monk of Sera Jey would ask since the monastery had already officially expelled Dorje Shugden practitioners. By wearing the badge, monks of Sera Jey would be made to feel that the monastery is deliberately discriminating against Dorje Shugden practitioners of Sera Jey who don’t wear the badge.

It seems that Sera Jey monastery is being pressured by higher authorities to filter out a few stubborn remaining Dorje Shugden practitioners, who despite all the efforts of implementing the Shugden ban, continue to hold on to this practice. This is because the new ruling would have to be approved by the private office of the Dalai Lama before being implemented. Perhaps this is the Tibetan leadership’s final push in tightening the ban on Dorje Shugden to distract their people from their own failures in delivering an independent Tibet and the recent controversies surrounding an allegation that the recent elections was rigged. On the other hand, the pressuring of the monastery like Sera Jey to do this, the Tibetan Leadership (Central Tibetan Administration – CTA) washes their hands clean on this issue where they could say “see we’re not the ones creating discrimination or implementing any ban” but it’s the monastery’s own ruling.

So what is going to happen to those who do not wear the badge? Are they going to be excommunicated and ostracised because it is stated in the letter that this badge is meant to distinguish between those who practice Dorje Shugden. So are they saying that those who practice Dorje Shugden are not pure and therefore need to be kicked out and that people should not associate with them because they are not pure? This new ruling of wearing a badge to single out Dorje Shugden practitioners counters the very core of the teachings that the Geshes and elders of the monastery teach on generating compassion for all sentient beings.

Another important question would be where would these monks be wearing these badges? They would not have to wear the badge within the monastery as they had already sworn off the practice of Dorje Shugden. Naturally, they have to wear it to big events such as the Dalai Lama’s teachings, initiations, Geshe examinations, great debates between monasteries and all around the Tibetan community in Bylakuppe and other Tibetan communities. By doing so shops owners, businesses and the exiled community are encouraged to shun those who are Shugden practitioners by being identified by a badge of discrimination. This will create more controversy, segregation, separation, conflict and ultimately violence especially within the lay community who are already riled up by the previous implementation of the ban.

So why would Sera Jey wish to stir up disharmony and trouble for Shugden practitioners if they were pure Buddhist practitioners? If the ruling is not meant to discriminate and is strictly for a spiritual purpose, then why not implement rulings that reinforce the Vinaya vows. Why not enforce rules that would make the monks hold their vows well especially those that make monks be harmonious with each other, behave and speak in such a way that inspire faith and respect? Why enforce a badge that divides people? In the history of the various Buddhist monastic universities, there has never been such a rule where one needs to wear a badge to indicate their practice and promote further segregation and disunity amongst the Sangha?

The Sera Jey discriminatory badge ruling has similarities with Hitler’s implementation of the yellow badge for Jews, which was a mandatory ID badge. The badge was sewn on a person’s outer garments and immediately identified Jews of the young and old to be rounded up into various groups so that they can be tortured and murdered on a massive scale.

Since Sera Jey had started this badge ruling, it will be a moral and psychological pressure for the other monasteries to implement this rule. The reason is simple, because all the monasteries want to compete to curry His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s favour, as there are benefits to be gained from this. For example, when His Holiness pays a visit to Sera Je monastery to give teachings and pictures are inevitably taken and this would place them in a good light.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is seen here in one of the teachings at Sera Jey Monastery, Bylakuppe, India (December 2013)

By associating themselves with His Holiness closely, this would show to the world that they are ‘pure and legitimate’ and that the Dalai Lama backs them up, and this will gain them more prestige and fame hence more sponsorship, donations and of course more members to join them in order to make them grow further. There is nothing wrong with that because real practitioners would rejoice in any Dharma institution’s growth because it will benefit more people but the means and method that Sera Je is adopting to gain material resources are actually against human rights as it segregates people, inevitably causes more pain and suffering to others, and that is downright wrong and that is the injustice of this illogical ruling of wearing a badge. This is something we should and simply cannot allow and it is something we, not just a Shugden practitioners, but as human beings, should speak up against because this is a clear and direct proof of the ban on Dorje Shugden and that is against the freedom of religion.

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Some may ask “why is wearing a badge viewed as negative as there are many organisations out there that wear badges.” The issue here is not about wearing a badge, the issue is why do we need to wear a badge to distinguish between Shugden practitioners and non-practitioners? Why do we even need to distinguish anyone if it leads to something positive? We have seen much suppression, segregation, and bias towards Shugden practitioners who have suffered so much conflict for over 19 years. In the end, this badge is just going to perpetuate the negative oppression and segregation even further. The reason is because the badge like the Dorje Shugden hit list from the Tibetan leadership has only served to incite further discrimination and violence.

The Dorje Shugden hit list from the Tibetan leadership which has only serve to incite discrimination against Shugden practitioners.

Therefore, this badge from Sera Jey Monastery is not a statement of identity, peace, harmony or to create anything positive amongst the monks of Sera Jey but rather, it has become a symbol of injustice inflicted on Dorje Shugden practitioners as a whole. This has become the first Buddhist apartheid the world has ever seen.  The ‘advice’ by His Holiness the Dalai Lama against Dorje Shugden has created further discrimination against the followers of this protector now in the form of this identity badge of shame. 

 

For other related articles of interest:
http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden

NOTE: Something interesting is that according to WeChat, a communications mobile chat app on smartphones, many of Sera Jey Monastery’s monks have expressed their wishes not to implement this badge system as it will create more discrimination and harm. But the monastic heads in collusion with the Tibetan leadership went ahead with it anyways.

Screenshot of announcement on Sera Jey’s website

Link to announcement on Sera Jey’s website: http://www.serajeymonastery.org/component/content/article/152-announcement/969-identity-badge-of-sera-jey.html

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Comments such as this one left by ‘Suzy in Hawaii’ on Tsem Rinpoche’s YouTube channel is becoming common. After demonizing Dorje Shugden for twenty years, the Tibetan leadership is fast losing its supporters to logic and better information. In this comment Suzy writes honestly how she held on her jaundiced view of Shugden only because the words of the Dalai Lama colored her judgement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  2. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

    __________________________________

    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  3. Wai Meng Wan on Jul 1, 2016 at 4:18 am

    If people wear badges and are identified as Dorje Shudgen practitioners, there is no benefit for the practitioners whatsoever, but just a way for people to identify them and ostracize them. Wearing such a bade only brings more misery for the person wearing it, that discrimination and more ostracization can be heaped upon them .

  4. Wai Meng Wan on Jul 1, 2016 at 4:10 am

    This badge of shame, has the marks of the dark days of Hitler’s oppression of the Jewish people. With the Jewish people during the dark days that the Nazi’s came to power, they wore badges that identified them as being of the Jewish descent. The Jewish badge was just a convenient way for the Nazis to identify the who were the Jews, and when it came round to imprison and exterminate the Jewish people, it was a simple matter of rounding up those people who wore badges.

  5. yoke chim yap on Feb 21, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    禁止的意思是什么?就是「不许可,限制行动,制止,阻止.,应该避免,禁忌。」
    当法王达赖喇嘛这边廂跟西方記者说他没下达什么禁令,但另一边廂却通过一些政治管道向寺院施压要僧人佩載徽章以識别是否有修 #多杰雄登 。这意謂什么?会造成何种後果?
    若是不依的人,会被如何对待?去到市场有錢買不到東西,有病不受理,要接受異样的眼光,孩子不能上学,被人隔離,就像你患了什么世紀傳染病,人見人怕。而造成如此可怕後果的原因,竟然是因为你选擇了一个而他人又不認同的修持。而下达这个指.示的人,却是一位全世界万人景仰的法王。他誏大部份的人失望,受苦及失去生命,誏人难以理解。
    新年伊始,许个愿,愿 #多杰雄登禁令快速解除。誏修持者早日撥开濃雾見青天。愿法王本着一颗佛心,諦造一个平等且人人都能依自已所喜欢的修持傳承与信仰。

  6. Alice Tay on Feb 16, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    佛陀的教诲一直以来都是以众生皆平等。每个众生就算目前是一只动物,但他们皆有佛性,总会成佛的一天。因此,所有的经书和传授佛法的上师,都会力劝人们皈依三宝与持素戒等等。

    在现实社会,一个国家必须持有公平的心态而设立法律来确保个人应有的权益与国家的安全。也因为如此,一个国家重要的领袖者,都会以民为主,他的每一个决定都必定顾虑到多方面而达到一定的平衡。

    此博文所分享有关色拉傑寺宣布使用徽章的事件,本人觉得如果这徽章只是像我们目前的普通学校来分辨此校的学生,其实这是有助于校方的行政与管理方面和保障学生们的身份和安全到达学校就读。但是,如果此徽章的用途不在于此,那就另当别论。

    坦白说,自从1996后,所有持修多杰雄登的僧侣或在家人,受尽西藏流亡政府的打压,失去了人民最基本的信仰自由。而色拉傑寺在此时欣然公布所有在此寺学习的僧侣必须戴上此徽章来分辨他们的身份和有持修多杰雄登的僧侣,简直是雪上加霜。有时候,我在想难道当地的学佛者忘了佛法最根本的道理了?那就是要有慈悲与菩提心,善待一切的众生,证上无等的智慧。而这一点,我相信普通的经书都可以阅读到。如果要更进一步的了解,我们也可以参考藏传佛教格鲁派的高僧大德,至尊加杰帕绷喀仁波主要的教诲《掌中解脱》。里面有讲述以24天包涵了八万四千的法来帮助我们证上无等的智慧。

    感谢仁波切,还有Pastor David 和Joy 的分享。此博文让我们看到在一个富有佛法的地方尽然也会发生自我矛盾的时候。

    衷心的祈愿达赖尊者可以尽快为多杰雄登修行解禁。多杰雄登的信徒不再受歧视而是尊重。

    谢谢。_/\_

  7. Julia Tan on Feb 9, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    I was told but my precious Guru, H.E. The 25th Tsem Rinpoche that Buddhist monk robe is very pure, sacred and it represent the vows who wear it. Hence it shows no identity of who you are but a monk or nun which means whoever wears a robe are equal. The robe that wore by the holy and pure Lama also commonly served as a relics to his students. I am very sad to know that this badge is being forced to pin on the monk robes so that they will called themselves more “DISTINGUISH” than others because they are PRO-DALAI LAMA.

    I doubt those who come out with this idea know about the real purpose of wearing the monk robe which started by Lord Buddha himself 2500 years ago. placing this badge on their robe is not only a sign of discrimination, it’s also an insulation to all the monks in the Sera Jey. They are being forced to do something that against their vows. They are being forced to do what is against their practice and what they believed in.

    I do not blame those who took the badge and pin on their robe because they do not have a choice. They have to follow what have told to do so that they can remain in the monastery and continue their monastic study.

    Why CTA doing this to the monks? So much of suffering created for the sake of their own benefits. The whole idea is not even for Tibet anymore but money. What a shame!

  8. Stella Cheang on Feb 7, 2016 at 11:56 am

    The core of the issue never sway from the discrimination imposed by the Tibetan leadership on Dorje Shugden practitioners. The badge mandated by Sera Jey is evidentially one of those unjust rulings that instead of promoting peace, love and harmony, it spreads hatred, discrimination and suffering. These actions are blatantly against the teaching of Buddha and Lam Rim, not to mention against basic human rights and freedom of religion.

    What bothers me and pain my heart very much is the fact that these anti-Buddhism rulings were imposed by one of the most prestige Tibetan Buddhism Monastery college. I grew up watching movies and reading stories that depict how monks from Shaolin Buddhist Temple would rather die in honor than to let villains take a life of the innocent. What Sera Jey had done shocked me to the core. Has the world become so degenerated where Buddhism institution values fame, glory and material gain over the duty to be compassion? And allow ignorance to rule instead of confronting the Shugden issue with logic, reasoning and dialogue?

    To the people in Sera Jey, I hope you will come to realize that this ruling will have long and unduly negative effect on Tibetan Buddhism and on practitioners’ spiritual practice. We are already living in an era far away from Buddha’s pure teachings, full of distractions and disasters; please do not create more suffering and causes to divert us from the path.

    Thank You very much, Rinpoche, Joy and Pastor David for the latest news from Sera Jey. This opens my eyes that the 3 poisons can be in any form or shape.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  9. lewkwanleng on Feb 5, 2016 at 1:08 am

    It is very sad to see such discrimination from a world renowned monastery. Why would a monastery openly discriminate a group of practitioners? Is that what we condone?

    I stumbled upon someone discussed about this article, and you must look at the reply from “Ani Tsultrim”. It shows either he/she is ignorance, or lazy or just blatant in denial. The announcement is on Sera Jay’s website, for Buddha’s sake, and yet they denied such discrimination.

    For Ani Tsultrim’s information, the link to the announcement is here:

    http://www.serajeymonastery.org/component/content/article/152-announcement/969-identity-badge-of-sera-jey.html

    and I have included the screenshot for you too.

    comments-on-sera-jey-annoucement

    serajeymonastery-badge-announcement

    • Cynthia Lee on Feb 5, 2016 at 1:24 am

      Ani Tsultrim is a perfect representation of how ANTI-DS people are.

      As another prominent “champion” in We Need To Talk About Shugden Facebook Group who spread nothing but hatred, how can one trust any information disseminated by this group at all IF a NUN like Ani Tsultrim will not check out this simple blatant truth that this letter was indeed in Sera Jey Monastery’s website for validation. They refused to research, and investigate further before making baseless assumptions. This tells a lot about their claims and “deep knowledge” in the DS issue.

      Lew, she probably says you hacked into the website and uploaded the letter there. This is how they will attack back with childish notion when the truth prevails and they are at the dead end.

  10. Pastor Han Nee on Feb 3, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you Joy for this blogpost that highlights the issue of the latest Sera Jey Monastery ruling requiring all monks not practicing Shugden to wear a badge.You also clearly show how and why this badge is not designed for a spiritual purpose, but more to further discriminate between the Shugden and non-Shugden people.

    The Sangha in a Monastery have the principal role of preserving the dharma. For that, every step should be taken to ensure that the Vinaya code is strictly kept by the monastics. Hence if there is any ruling it should have to do with the reinforcing of this Vinaya code among the monastics. As you said,”If the ruling is not meant to discriminate and is strictly for a spiritual purpose, then why not implement rulings that reinforce the Vinaya vows. Why not enforce rules that would make the monks hold their vows well especially those that make monks be harmonious with each other, behave and speak in such a way that inspire faith and respect?”.

    Instead of bringing harmony among the sangha, this ruling is likely to create a greater schism and disunity among the sangha! Such further discrimination is bound to bring more suffering and anguish to Shugden people, who have already suffered much persecution and ostracism. There IS a ban on Shugden practice and there IS discrimination which has already led to much suffering, as this blogpost has clearly shown.

    This is indeed a badge of shame and is going to stir more conflict and greater hatred against Shugden people.

  11. Uncle Eddie on Feb 3, 2016 at 9:34 am

    It is sad and sadistic indeed to witness such a disturbing happening of degeneration existing in the World of Tibetan Buddhism today. I too, sincerely wish to join Spchua to pray and hope that this is not the signalling of the beginning of dark ages for Tibetan Buddhism. This “identity display through the wearing of a ‘badge of shame” inflicted upon Dorje Shugden practitioners definetely makes a cruel act to impose such sufferings on them! What actually is the main thrust of Buddhist practices in our Behaviour? As taught, firstly to tame our mental continum to become non-violent. In general, Buddhism as said in the great vehicle is primarily concerned with the altruistic compassion of helping others, and the lesser vehicle is not to harm others. Thus the root of all Buddhist teaching is compassion. As everbody knows, the chief quality of a buddha is great compassion. His great attitude of nuturing and helping others being the reason why it is suitable to take refuge in a Buddha, as I have learned. In this way, the three refuges for a buddhist, is Buddha, Doctrine and the Spiritual community – all have their root in Compasion. All religions are said to be having powerful systems of good advice with respect to the practice of compassion. Why then, such happening can exist in our Tibetan Buddhism as in this case? Can any good kind soul please explain!!! Om Benza Wiki Bitana Zoha.

  12. Suraj on Jan 30, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Dorge sugden is my choice.om benja wiki bitana sohaa.

  13. Pema Thinley on Jan 29, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Dear Joy,

    Thank you for sharing the news lah. It is very sad to know and unbelievable that such great monastery decided to implement such badge system though they might be sure of consequences. All teachings are without contradictions (lamrim) and knowingly they came up with this system. There is no way that this would say about not having ban and discrimination of shugden practitioners.
    We are getting to see and know the same things happening which happened to jews and blacks during second world war. 🙁
    When this is going to stop and be cleared for the benefit of all…. _()_

    • Joy on Jan 30, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Dear Pema,

      You are right! When is this kind of discrimination ever going to end? Therefore we should never stop voicing it out and standing up for this injustice and to do it peacefully. We need to keep sharing and speaking up until this bad situation changes and stops. Just like how racism ended in America where the blacks were heavily discriminated. Then there is also the discrimination on gay people who fought very hard to gain their rights as human beings which now in USA they’ve even passed the legislation in court for same gender marriage to be allowed and to be legitimate. Hence, we need to keep voicing out until such horrible discrimination stops… for the sake of Peace and Harmony for all.

      Thank you Pema.

  14. Sarah on Jan 28, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    This badge is truly a badge of shame. Those who wear it should be ashamed because they are promoting segregation and discrimination against Shugden practitioners who are their dharma brothers. Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t this tantamount to abandoning the Dharma? Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche had said in “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” that “we abandon Dharma any time we favour our own tenets and disparage the rest.” Pabongka Rinpoche said that “abandoning the Dharma is an extremely heavy misdeed, as we are told in the ‘King of Single-Pointed Concentration Sutra’ and other sutras.”

  15. Chris on Jan 28, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Thank you Joy for sharing the news on this new implement of Sera Jey Monastery.

    It is unbelievable that one of the top three prestige Gelug monastic university is willing to implement such a discriminating rule. This badge wearing rule is similar to what had been enforced by Hitler to single out Jews to be a victim of the discrimination of the community and his tortures. It is extremely unethical, unjust and in no way conform with the Buddha’s teaching and any human right constitution.

    Even without the badge, Dorje Shugden practitioners had been discriminated, attacked and treated very badly. I cant even imagine how would the violence escalate when Dorje Shugden practitioners can be easily identified.

    • Joy on Jan 28, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      Thank you Chris for your comment… yes you are right, already without having a badge to discriminate them, they are already having a hard time just to survive. And on top of that the Tibetan Leadership (Central Tibetan Administration – CTA) continues to deny the fact that there is a ban or any discrimination on Shugden practitioners… well, if this is not clear enough evidence then what is? If CTA was really a democratic govt. who cares for their people, they would do something about this.

      To see this being implemented by Buddhist whose very core practice is suppose to be “compassion” for all sentient beings is truly disgusting and so very very shameful to say the least. They have basically put themselves in the same ranks as the Nazis who were prejudice against Jews and basically killed millions of them in the Holocaust. So we really need to get this news out to the world, to different media so that the same tragedy does not repeat itself. We can no longer be a by stander to such injustice because this is totally a bridge of our religious freedom. We need to help them, we need to SPEAK UP and STAND UP for what’s right and we need to do it peacefully but loudly and firmly.

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  16. nicholas on Jan 28, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Thank you Joy sharing this post.

    It’s sad to see the discrimination on Shugden practice come to this stage where badges implemented to further segregate the practitioners. I strongly agree with what had mentioned on this post that if it’s an advice by His Holiness the Dalai Lama then why should be identify who practice or not.

    If the advice is not meant to give negative impact why should it be segregated in such a way? Buddha’s teaching is for everyone and why this right has been taken away just because we practice Dorje Shugden? Why suddenly compassion and harmony no longer practice by the Tibetan leaders but only practicing the old age of cruel segregation and discrimination towards their own people. Why the Tibetan leaders have not come up with a great idea of uniting their people but instead coming up with al sort of enforcement just to destroy their people which lead to further destroy Tibet which already lost their country.

    If this badges is to promote the unity and harmonious of the people I strongly agree and support but if it’s just to create more suffering to the people it’s just another backward action from the people that never learn from the past which they just live with the past for the downfall of themselves.

    This badges implementation should stop as it show very clearly that it does not respect religions freedom and humans right.

  17. Spchua on Jan 27, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    I sincerely pray this is not going to be the signal of dark ages of Tibetan Buddhism, academicial is the fundamental pilar of up holding the greatness knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism.

    It’s so sad to see this actually happened, it’s more sad to see leader of current Tibetan Buddhism becoming this degenerate.
    It’s extremely sad to see His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama, direct or indirectly encouraging the whole pilar of Tibetan Buddhism work towards degeneration.
    Om Mani Pedme Hung

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  • Joy Kam
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:12 AM
    **The Three Bodies of a Buddha**

    The primary manifestation of a fully enlightened being is called the Dharmakaya. “Dharma” means phenomenon, while “kaya” means body. Therefore, Dharmakaya refers to the primordial or true nature of phenomena which is beyond conceptual and dualistic thought. This manifestation is essentially the mind of a fully enlightened being, beyond appearance and sensory perception. This mind knows no limits or boundaries… more: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-three-bodies-of-a-buddha
  • Joy Kam
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:10 AM
    ***Yangdup Wealth Puja 2017*** blog post is out.

    Find out why is the Yangdup Puja performed? How does wealth play a role in Buddhism? Isn’t Buddhism about letting go of one’s worldly attachments? Check out the fabulous pictures and videos here >>> http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/yangdup-wealth-puja-2017.html
  • Ben
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:56 AM
    For Pastor Shin – Are pujas more effective than prayers?
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  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:29 AM
    By understanding Dorje Shugden’s enlightened nature, we realise that relying on him cannot lead us anywhere except for Enlightenment. Reciting any praise of Dorje Shugden on a daily basis reminds us of his attainments, and the type of being we are propitiating. It also serves as a reminder of the qualities we can attain as a result of relying on him, that his practice will help us to attain common and uncommon siddhis.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/praise-of-dorje-shugdens-origins
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:28 AM
    Incense has been used as a traditional substance for offering since the birth of Buddhism. The first recorded instance of incense being used occurs in the story of Magadha Sangmo, whose impact can be seen across the ancient Buddhist world. The daughter of Suddatta, a layman and the Buddha’s primary patron, she herself was an ardent student of Buddha Shakyamuni. After marrying, she longed to see her Guru, the Buddha and offer dana. Climbing to the roof of her in-law’s house, she offered incense and a verse of invocation. The omniscient Buddha heard her prayers and arrived with his entire entourage, descending from the sky on a lion to fulfil her request.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/incense-offering-prayers-to-dorje-shugden
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Feb 24. 2017 09:37 PM
    John is so brave and compassionate. He risk his life to save the rabbit and that shows he appreciate live very much despite it is an animal. Eventhough he lives in the street to beg for food but he never forgets his 2 pets a dog and a rabbit. He takes care of his pets with whatever he begs. Inspiring to all of us to never take things for granted and not abuse animals.

    I am also proud with the Ireland government in taking action to punish the 18 year old man who abuse and tried to kill the rabbit. This will create the awareness to all that this is a cruel action and that laws will be imposed against these people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/the-rabbit-in-the-river.html
  • Pastor Shin
    Thursday, Feb 23. 2017 11:29 PM
    What did they do to Geshe Thupten Lama?

    Geshe Thupten Lama was one of the pioneers who founded Tibetan schools in exile and served as a school teacher from 1963 to 1994 for which he received high commendations from the Tibetan exile government. Shocking what they did to this old erudite master Geshe Thupten Lama after serving them for years.

    Read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=119404
  • Joy Kam
    Thursday, Feb 23. 2017 10:41 PM
    >>>Who is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen?<<<
    Dear sincere dharma students around the world and friends, After the great master, meditator, teacher, logician, yogi, siddha and erudite scholar Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was ‘eliminated’ by the government of the 5th Dalai Lama over three hundred years ago in Tibet, his reincarnation line was banned. That does not mean he stopped reincarnating as he continued in a string of high and beneficial lamas until present day, although he was not allowed to use his title and name. He has his main mind incarnation and many of his body, speech and activity incarnations also. His reincarnations certainly continued as confirmed by great beings such as Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, Panchen Rinpoche, Scholar Lobsang Tamdin, etc. Read more… http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/who-is-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen
  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, Feb 23. 2017 09:38 PM
    After been rejected for so many years, many scientists like Seoul National University finally confirmed the existence of meridians. It’s a piece of glad news which may help the people especially the treatments like acupuncture is based on meridians and energy channels.

    Life is full of challenges and commitments. This is not easy for everyone has immediate lifestyle changes to maintain a healthy balance for eating and living. Therefore, this wonderful news is really bring benefits to others especially those are really need for acupuncture or similar treatments which are caused by nadis blockages and etc.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this nice sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/science-finally-proves-meridians-exist.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Feb 23. 2017 09:21 PM
    Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for sharing another miracle story of Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden. As long as we have full trust in Dorje Shugden, he will assist us to clear our obstacles and challenges.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/mother-and-son-saved-by-tsem-rinpoche-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Thursday, Feb 23. 2017 09:02 PM
    感恩仁波切的分享这殊胜的一天的文章 !

    我是多么的幸运, 拥有此机缘和福份, 参与这殊胜的一天。很感恩郭月谊讲法师和一班佛友, 日夜的筹备,让当晚的活动顺利和圆满的完成 !

    在这殊胜的法会,大家有幸的得到各种加持, 如触摸加持的金泽八吉祥,迎请加持的正能量,增长好的因素如内在和外在的财富,寿命等等。大家还有幸的可以品尝已加持特制的坚果饭, 乳酪和奶茶。那是多么的有福气啊!希望将来的每一年,大家可以再次的参与,还有携带家人和亲戚朋友到来, 也让他们得到金泽的加持 !

    愿上师詹仁波切健康,长寿,吉祥如意, 克切拉禅修林的工程尽快完成, 佛法传播到世界每一个角落 !

    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/yangdup-wealth-puja-2017.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 23. 2017 07:14 PM
    Beautiful image of Vajrayogini indeed with shimmering jewels offered to her. Its so nice of this lady Ms Wahyu of her painting of Vajrayogini to our previous Rinpoche whom she have not met before.Vajrayogini’s practice is very powerful to start now making offerings and to be connected .we will then gain a great amount of merits.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful painting of Vajrayogini.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/shimmering-vajrayogini-from-ms-wahyu.html#comment-736083
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Feb 22. 2017 10:18 PM
    Mwalua is truly a very compassionate person. Not many would want to trouble themselves or even risk their live to bring water to these animals. He has such a big heart towards living beings and the importance of life.

    Angie Brown, Cher Callaway and Tami Calliope are also very generous and kind person. They help him to raise fund so he can continue with his action to save the animals.

    I hope Mwalua will receive continuous help from all kind donors so animals don’t have to suffer.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/he-is-super-compassionate.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Feb 22. 2017 10:05 PM
    Heartwarming message from Mwalua, who is so compassionate and empathetic:
    “There is completely no water, so the animals are depending on humans,” Mwalua tells The Dodo. “If we don’t help them, they will die.”

    Mwalua fully aware that the wildlife will definitely die without the water. Furthermore, only humans can help the animals. He is able to let go of his stress and laziness just to deliver the water patiently and passionately. Many wildlife have been saved due to his kind actions. Furthermore, he visited local schools and hope to bring awareness to the children so that when they grow up they can protect the wildlife as one of their legacies.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. This is a good example of loving kindness and compassion to inspire us to greater loving kindness and compassion.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/he-is-super-compassionate.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Feb 22. 2017 05:02 PM
    By being a good example ourselves, we can be a more effective campaigner for the helpless animals. I believe that when we want to stand for something, the most powerful words that speak for us is our action. It is inconsistent when one campaigns for the rescued or stray dogs and ask for donations to feed them but consume chicken and seafood and pork and beef. There is no difference between these animals, they all have feelings and fear for pain. So, here’s a picture of the dogs all trapped in a cramped cage where chicken, sea animals, pigs, and cows are in same or worse conditions waiting to be slaughtered. If you feel for these poor dogs, please spare a thought for the other meat on your plate too. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/blog-it-tweet-it-facebook-it-again-and-again-pleeeeeeease.html

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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
5 months ago
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
5 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
5 months ago
Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
5 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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